Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today officially called on Congress to pass a second round of funding to help states thwart layoffs and programmatic cuts.
This is a big deal because, up to now, the administration hadn't officially asked for more education jobs money, even though the House passed this bill last year. So far, the Senate has been the holdout. But Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations panel that oversees education funding, is set to introduce a bill that would provide $23 billion in education jobs aid. Duncan testified before Harkin's panel this morning.
I wondered yesterday whether Harkin would press Duncan to support his bill. But, as it turned out, Harkin didn't even need to ask. Duncan very clearly called for the new aid, right at the beginning of the hearing.
And, in talking to reporters after the hearing, he continued to stump for the concept.
"It is brutal out there," Duncan said. "It is really scary. We're seeing massive layoffs around the country."
Friday, April 16, 2010
Duncan Calls on Congress to Pass Edu-Jobs Aid
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